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Re: PRIMER: draft data model section

From: Pat Hayes <phayes@ai.uwf.edu>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2001 17:55:36 -0500
Message-Id: <p0510102fb7f26a44cc13@[]>
To: fmanola@mitre.org
Cc: w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org
>>  > At the same time, the use of RDF does not necessarily involve the
>>  > use of esoteric AI technologies, as the term "semantic" might
>>  > suggest.
>>  Oh, PLEASE. What a slew of inappropriate (and now archaic) academic
>>  prejudices lurk in that word 'esoteric'. Why not just come out and say
>>  "Don't be frightened, children".  Sorry, but you can hardly expect an
>>  ex-president of AAAI to let that go by without a murmur.
>No problem.  However, I find myself speaking about this stuff to people
>who have those prejudices (they aren't "academic" prejudices, at least
>in the sense the people I'm speaking to are academics).  I find it helps
>to explicitly address the wave of distrust "semantic" sometimes induces,
>and then go ahead and talk about the esoteric AI technologies (they then
>seem happier about things like inference, for some reason).  I didn't
>say "don't be frightened, children" because adults don't appreciate
>being told they're acting like children, even when they are ("here
>darling, take this nice teaspoon of first order logic, it's good for
>you").  As ex-president of AAAI, surely you know what effect this stuff
>frequently has on people who aren't members of AAAI (I am a member of
>AAAI, BTW)?  Suggestions for rewording?  Would you prefer something
>"At the same time, the use of RDF does not necessarily involve the use
>of inference or logic programming, as the term "semantic" might suggest.

That would be better, yes. But its OK, you just stubbed one of my 
sore places. I should have toned down the yelling.


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